Mark Postans

Research group:
Neuroscience
Email:
PostansM@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 70365
Location:
CUBRIC, Maindy Road

Research summary

Much of the memory and perception literature currently assumes that these two functions are distinguishable and that they are supported by distinct regions of the brain, with the Medial Temporal Lobe (MTL) thought to be vital for long term memory, and the Extrastriate Cortex (EC) being critical for perception. By contrast, I am currently interested in testing the predictions of an alternative model (the Emergent Memory Account; Graham, Barense, & Lee, 2010), which proposes that the MTL is also critical for visual perception during tasks where the ability to process complex feature-conjunctions is important, and that the different sub-regions of the MTL each support representations of different categories of stimuli (e.g. faces, objects, and scenes). I intend to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with participants while they perform memory and perception tasks in order to test this new account of human memory and perception.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)

 

Full list of publications

 

Research topics and related papers

Much of the memory and perception literature currently assumes that these two functions are distinguishable and that they are supported by distinct regions of the brain, with the Medial Temporal Lobe (MTL) thought to be vital for long term memory, and the Extrastriate Cortex (EC) being critical for perception. By contrast, I am currently interested in testing the predictions of an alternative model (the Emergent Memory Account; Graham, Barense, & Lee, 2010), which proposes that the MTL is also critical for visual perception during tasks where the ability to process complex feature-conjunctions is important, and that the different sub-regions of the MTL each support representations of different categories of stimuli (e.g. faces, objects, and scenes). I intend to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with participants while they perform memory and perception tasks in order to test this new account of human memory and perception.

Funding

My research at Cardiff University (2012-2015) is currently supported by the School of Psychology, and by a BBSRC grant (“Differentiating the contributions of domain-specific regions within the medial temporal lobe and extrastriate cortex to perception”).

Research group

Neuroscience

Research collaborators

Prof. Kim Graham (Supervisor)
Dr Carl Hodgetts
Dr Katja Umla-Runge
Jonathan Shine
Prof. Paul Downing – Bangor University, UK
Bronson Harry – Bangor University, UK
Dr Matthew Mundy – Monash University, Australia

Undergraduate education

2005 – 2008:  BSc Psychology – Cardiff University School of Psychology

Postgraduate education

2010 – 2011:  MSc Research Methods in Psychology – Swansea University

Employment

2012: Research Assistant at Cardiff University, United Kingdom - Differentiating the contributions of domain-specific regions within the medial temporal lobe and extrastriate cortex to perception.